The Man Behind the Wall
by Dave Thompson
Available September 2013
To some, he is the face behind classic Pink Floyd. To others, he is the temperament behind some of the greatest albums of the rock era. And to others still, he is one of the most original songwriters of a generation that overflows with notable talent. To all, he is an enigma: a rock star who not only eschewed stardom but also spent much of his career railing against it. But to call Roger Waters a mass of contradictions is simply taking the easy way out. He is so much more than that.
Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall (Backbeat Books, Sept. 2013, $27.99) by Dave Thompson is a wild romp through the life and times of Roger Waters—musician, activist, and icon. The first full biography of the man, it traces his life from war-torn suburbia to the stage and wars with his audience, bandmates, and himself. During Waters’ departure from Pink Floyd, it became fashionable to describe him as a dictator, furiously insisting that only his path was the right path, but friends agree, and history would ultimately accede as well, that there was more to it. In this biography, Thompson seeks to reach the truth and depth of the man behind the wall through painstaking research and exclusive interviews with Waters’ friends and associates.
Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall dismantles the wall brick by brick, revealing the man who built it in all his glory.
Dave Thompson, British ex-pat writer, has penned more than 100 books on music and pop culture, including the highly acclaimed Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, as well as books on Cream, George Clinton, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others. He is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, MOJO, All Music Guide, and Melody Maker. He lives in Newark, DE, and is available for interview.
Sept. 17, 2013
6” x 9”
two 8-page photo inserts
Backbeat Books, and imprint of Hal Leonard